Madrid Make Fresh Contact With Mbappe to Assure Him He Has Guaranteed Starting Role

With Paris Saint-Germain seemingly closing in on Monaco wonderkid Kylian Mbappe, Real Madrid have once again made contact with the 18-year-old to assure him that he has a guaranteed role at the club – to ease any fears he may have about his playing time at the Bernabeu. 

The Spanish giants have admitted that none of the attacking trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale or Karim Benzema (aka the BBC) will be sold this summer, however they have claimed that they are no longer untouchable.

According to reports from ​Marca, the Spanish giants touched base with the striker on Wednesday to reaffirm their interest in securing his signature and to reiterate how important he will be to Zinedine Zidane’s side, should he join the club. 

However, the 18-year-old has been subject to overwhelming interest from across European football, with PSG posing as a serious threat to Real Madrid’s ambition of signing the striker – seemingly pushing the transfer fee over €140m.

Mbappe’s season in numbers:
Directly involved in 37 goals2⃣6⃣Goals ⚽️1⃣1⃣Assists 
No Monaco player bettered that  pic.twitter.com/fKhypvBNg4
— Unibet (@unibet) July 3, 2017

Despite the enormous pressure place upon him, Mbappe is understood to have made it clear that he alone is the decider of where he will be playing his football next season – with a return to Monaco for pre-season training scheduled for next week. 

Mbappe is said to have proclaimed his desire to play for Real Madrid at the start of his off-season, but the involvement of PSG has seemingly complicated matters for all parties as the money involved will have turned a number of heads. 
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However, Real Madrid’s most recent approach has reportedly not been to change their proposal but to make it clear that Mbappe can take a starting spot ahead of any of the BBC, as the club see the striker as the club’s main man for the future. 

With BBC having an average age of 29, Mbappe would add much needed youth and exuberance to Real Madrid’s ageing attack, where he could seemingly lead the line for the foreseeable future. 

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Real Madrid Target Dani Ceballos Said to Be ‘Lying’ to the People Around Him By Journalist

A Spanish journalist who claimed Dani Ceballos was expecting an imminent offer of €25m from Real Madrid has now said that the player is ‘lying’ to people around him about a potential move.

The Real Betis playmaker has emerged as one of world football’s hottest prospects alongside Marco Asensio and Saul Niguez, after a stunning U21 showing in Poland where he won the Player of the Tournament.

​It has been reported that the starlet is set on joining La Liga reigning champions Real Madrid, but on the condition that he won’t be sent out on loan, and that James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata are both sold this summer – as reported by ​Marca.

According to Nacho Vento though, who works for Canal Sur Radio, Ceballos hasn’t been truthful to those around him – which comes after he claimed he was about to be the subject of a
€25m offer.

Ceballos está mintiendo. Ahí lo dejo
— NachoVento (@VentoNacho) 5 July 2017

His consensus is that Ceballos is giving the impression he wants to move to the Bernabeu and that the bid is incoming, but these are just lies coming from the player which have fuelled the rumours and exaggerations might have been made about the interest.

The youngster has already made over 60 appearances for Los Verdiblanco and looks as though he feels ready to step up, but whether a move does materialise remains to be seen.

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PHOTO: Cristiano Ronaldo Surprises Jamie Vardy’s Stepson With a Signed Real Madrid Shirt

Despite his regular on-field arrogance, Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is widely regarded as a very generous character in the footballing community off the pitch.

The Portuguese forward is aware that many idolise him and in true gentleman fashion, he sent a signed shirt to Jamie Vardy’s step son who is said to be a huge fan of the prolific goal scorer.

The Leicester man’s wife, Rebekah, uploaded the photo to Instagram with her chuffed son, Taylor, holding the jersey signed by the Ballon d’Or holder.

The shirt was personally addressed to the youngster by Ronaldo. The Los Blancos star has endured a fairly controversial summer so far with his future in Spain still undecided.

Ronaldo reportedly declared he wished to leave the club this summer following a lack of support in his tax fraud trial but in recent weeks, speculation of an exit has cooled.
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A return to Manchester United was spoken about but it seems unlikely that we will see the Portuguese forward come up against Vardy on English soil anytime soon.

Social Media Powerhouse Cristiano Ronaldo Revealed to Be 3rd Highest Instagram Earner in the World

​Cristiano Ronaldo has been revealed as the third-highest Instagram earner in the world after socialite Kim Kardashian and singer Selena Gomez.

The footballing superstar has reached incredible performance levels on the pitch throughout his career, but he has also established himself as one of the most marketable stars in the world, period, over the past decade or so.

British-based internet company ​Hopper has determined that the Real Madrid forward earns around £310,000-per-post on social media site Instagram, which makes him far and away the highest-earning sports star through the platform.

The Portugal captain is followed by 106m people from around the world, meaning anything he uploads will be seen by a huge audience, which is a massive attraction for various different brands wanting to sponsor.

Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly earns £310,000 per commercial post on Instagram, the most of any athlete in the world. 螺 pic.twitter.com/wQbJOPFpXf
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) 5 July 2017

To put things into perspective, the next sports star on the list is basketball’s Lebron James in 10th, who can *only* command around £93,000-per-post.
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Ronaldo is a keen contributor on Instagram and so it is safe to assume that, on top of his Real Madrid wage, his weekly income is going to be absolutely off the chart. Lend us a tenner, Cris?

Former Real Madrid Star Alvaro Arbeloa Reveals Feud With 2010 World Cup Winning Teammate

​Newly-retired full-back Alvaro Arbeloa has claimed there’s no way he would ever go to dinner with his old Spain teammate Gerard Pique.

The pair were involved in a very public feud, mostly during the 2015/16 season, and the former Liverpool, Real Madrid and West Ham defender told El Chiringuito TV on Wednesday that he preferred to avoid Barcelona star Pique.

As quoted by Four Four Two magazine: “I have no feelings towards him. I would not go to eat with him. I go with my friends.”

The pair already had underlying rivalry in the form of their respective clubs Real and Barcelona, but Arbeloa and Pique were never able to get along.

In the past, Pique has referred to Arbeloa as ‘a cone’, which led to a Twitter spat in plain view of the watching football world.

Arbeloa also taunted Pique over a 1-0 defeat to Real Sociedad by Barca a few seasons ago, to which the centre-back hit back about his lack of game time for Los Blancos.

Pique is a rugged opponent on the football pitch, and is seemingly a spiky individual off it – Arbeloa isn’t the only individual to have had a fallout with him in the past; Sergio Ramos has also had a couple of spats with the 30-year-old in recent years.

Bayern Munich Would Not Risk Signing Cristiano Ronaldo Claims Former Manager

Cristiano Ronaldo would not be a viable signing for Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, according to former manager Ottmar Hitzfeld.

As reported by ​Squawka,​ while Hitzfeld feels that Ronaldo would be a “Christmas present” for the Bavarian club’s fans, signing the Real Madrid superstar would cause too much financial trouble.

Speculation has been rife that Ronaldo could look to leave the La Liga champions, following his highly publicised falling out with the Spanish tax authorities.

Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United have both been linked with world record moves for the 32-year-old while Bayern have also been tentatively touted as a potential destination, given their status in European football.

And Hitzfeld, who guided Bayern to five Bundesliga titles during his two spells in charge at the club, has weighed in with his opinion of such a move, stating his belief that such a deal would only be bad news for Bayern as signing Ronaldo would break their financial structure.
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He said: “When I read the rumours I had to smile. I am happy about this idea – even if it is unrealistic. For the fans it would be a Christmas present to sign Cristiano Ronaldo but it is a utopian scenario.

“He would break the salary structure and Bayern would then have financial issues with the other players. And then the agents would use the situation to get more for their clients.

“[Bayern president] Uli Hoeness would not take such a risk.”

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Man Utd Make Sensational U-Turn as £75m Lukaku Deal Is Agreed & Morata Pursuit Ends

​Manchester United appear to have had a dramatic late change of heart in their pursuit of a new striker this summer, with news emerging from numerous reliable sources – including ​BBC Sport – on Thursday that a £75m deal for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has been agreed.

#MUFC have agreed a £75m fee with Everton for Lukaku. Hopeful deal will be conclude so he can fly on tour on Sun. Morata interest ended
— James Ducker (@TelegraphDucker) July 6, 2017

​​United had been expected to soon seal a deal for Real Madrid front-man Alvaro Morata, but after difficulty in negotiating with the European champions, a move for Lukaku, who is proven in the Premier League after 43 goals in the last two seasons, appears to be imminent instead.

It has been suggested that United have now informed Real that they will no longer be pursuing Morata at all, which is likely to come as a personal blow to the Spaniard.

Utd have told Real Madrid they are no longer pursuing a deal for Alvaro Morata. A £75m deal for Romelu Lukaku is set to be completed #mufc
— Stuart Mathieson (@StuMathiesonMEN) July 6, 2017

​​Lukaku had been widely tipped to re-join Chelsea. However, suggestions that Antonio Conte wanted other targets instead – ironically Morata – and the presence of close friend Paul Pogba at Old Trafford, with whom he also shares an agent, may have served to change his mind.

It is believed that United captain Wayne Rooney will form part of the deal, with the 31-year-old returning to Goodison Park where he began his career in such spectacular form. Lukaku’s vacated number 10 shirt is likely to be taken by Rooney at Everton and vice versa at United.

Lukaku is expected to be a United player by the end of the week and take his place in the squad for the summer’s pre-season tour of America, which begins with a week-long training camp in California after flying out on Sunday.

United continue to pursue other deals but a proposed £40m transfer for Nemanja Matic seems to remain dependent on Chelsea’s not yet confirmed purchase of Tiemoue Bakayoko.

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Chelsea in Crisis After Reports of ‘Fuming’ Conte But Could Turn to Morata as Lukaku Alternative

​Chelsea missing out on the expected capture of Romelu Lukaku appears to have thrown the club into crisis after Manchester United’s dramatic swoop for the striker has brought yet more rumours that manager Antonio Conte remains deeply frustrated by a string of transfer blows.

Chelsea had been expected to land Lukaku for weeks, but the Daily Mirror described as Conte as ‘fuming’ when it became apparent that they would lose out to a direct rival.

It is said that Chelsea officials spent Thursday trying to establish if there was any way they could still bring Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge, but any chance of that happening seems to have all but disappeared after rumours that the player was set for a United medical in LA on Thursday.

Despite a previous understanding that Conte’s preference was for other strikers and that Lukaku was the choice of technical director Michael Emenalo rather than the manager, the Mirror report explains that the Italian was actually ‘desperate to get’ the 24-year-old.

He was apparently in ‘regular contact’ with Lukaku and is said to have been planning for life next season with the powerhouse striker in the Chelsea squad.
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From the highs of claiming the Premier League title in spectacular fashion in May, Chelsea’s summer has quickly become disastrous. No progress has been made in trying to prise Virgil van Dijk away from Southampton, while a deal for Juventus wing-back Alex Sandro is proving to be more challenging than first thought after the Brazilian was offered a new contract in Turin.

The seemingly ‘done deal’ for Tiemoue Bakayoko has stalled at the 11th hour as well, with no formal confirmation yet materialising despite being expected last weekend.

With Diego Costa set to leave on the (relative) cheap for Atletico Madrid, despite the club’s transfer ban, a new striker is now arguably Chelsea’s most pressing concern.

A possible pursuit of Alvaro Morata may yet serve to soften the blow of losing Lukaku and calm an increasingly annoyed Conte. The Real Madrid front-man was on the brink of leaving the Bernabeu for Manchester until United dramatically pulled the plug on the deal.

Chelsea, and Conte in particular, were thought to be keen on the Spaniard before getting serious with Lukaku and resurrecting such interest makes a lot of sense. He has a previous connection with the Chelsea boss after signing for Juventus when Conte was in charge in Turin.

A possible deal for Torino’s Andrea Belotti remains the only other semi-realistic option.

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Liverpool not in transfer battle with Inter and PSG for Roma's Manolas

Expected to cost in the region of £35 million, the Reds are not interested in the centre-back, with Inter favourites to sign him

Liverpool’s intentions to reinforce their squad in the summer do not include the pursuit of Roma defender Kostas Manolas, who is the subject of interest from several top European clubs. 
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Reports in recent days have suggested Jurgen Klopp is one of the managers looking to add the 25-year-old to his line-up for next season, but Goal understands the Greece international is not under consideration. 

The Reds do have designs on strengthening their rearguard, but are not involved in the battle to land Manolas, who is expected to cost in the region of £35 million, with Inter currently frontrunners to secure his talents. 
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Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Barcelona have all been linked to the impressive centre-back, while Chelsea and Manchester United made enquiries in 2016. 

Arsenal, meanwhile, used Manolas as a pawn in their negotiations to sign Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia. 
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Roma have attempted to extend the Greek’s stay at the Stadio Olimpico, with his current deal expiring in 2019, but an exit is looking increasingly inevitable in the off-season.

Inter's Champions League dream may be over, admits frustrated Pioli

The Nerazzurri manager has conceded that his side’s hopes of securing a top-three finish in Serie A are slim following their 2-2 draw with Torino

Stefano Pioli has acknowledged Inter’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League hang in the balance after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Torino.
Pioli’s side went into Saturday’s clash at the Stadio Olimpico on the back of two thumping wins – beating Cagliari 5-1 and Atalanta 7-1 – but failed to claim all three points against a resilient Torino, despite two calamitous mistakes from Joe Hart.
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The result leaves Inter in fifth, five points behind third-placed Napoli, who play their game in hand against Empoli on Sunday.
Pioli now believes that a return to the Champions League may be beyond the Nerazzurri’s reach.
“The Champions League – and an incredible goal we set ourselves – is certainly more distant now,” Pioli told Premium Sport.

22 – The last four Inter league matches have seen 22 goals in total (5.5 per game on average). Fireworks. #TorinoInter
— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) March 18, 2017

“We are not satisfied. The performance was not the best, even if the will and desire was there. We missed an opportunity.
“We played against an aggressive opponent, but we did not adapt quickly enough. We made a lot of technical errors.
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“Despite all this, however, there is regret, because in the end we had three or four chances and we deserved to win. Until the end we tried to win it, but we did not succeed.

“It is clear that those teams in front of us are strong and often win. I was expecting something more tonight. Now we have to recover and prepare for the final push.”